Monday, May 08, 2017
The Dudley Hewitt Cup 2017
As expected, the final game of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, was a fine dual between two evenly matched teams, and two great goaltenders. When the final buzzer sounded, the Trenton Golden Hawks emerged victorious, winning 2-1. They earned the right to participate in the Royal Bank Cup, for the Canadian Championship, which will take place this year in Cobourg.
The Georgetown Raiders put the pressure on the Hawks in the dying seconds, but could not find the equalizer to send the game into overtime. The Golden Hawks did not help their own cause late in the third period, taking a two minute tripping penalty with less than two minutes remaining. Playing six skaters against four for the Hawks, the Raiders could not get the puck past Chris Janzen, and had to settle for silver medals. Janzen was the game MVP.
The Raiders were the league champions, having defeated Trenton 1-0 in the seventh game of their final to win the Buckland Trophy. They were led by playoff MVP Jack Jacombe, their diminutive forward who led the league in scoring with 91 points. He is headed for Clarkson next year.
Trenton's win was their second in as many seasons, the first time that has happened since the 1990s. The other two teams participating in the tournament were the Powassan Voodoos, and the Dryden Ice Dogs. Dryden will host next year's Dudley-Hewitt Cup.
Just before the puck dropped for the final game, I spoke with Dryden's Braeden All kins. Braeden hails from Golden, British Columbia. The twenty year old decided before the season to head east to play a year in Ontario. He led his team with 53 goals, and was the regular season and playoff MVP. He came third of all the players on the 132 teams playing in the Canadian Junior Hockey league.
“It was a tough pill to swallow, not making the final of this tournament,” he told me. “Both finalists are great teams.” He figured that Trenton might emerge victorious, only because they were hosting the event, and had a barn full of supporters.”
Trenton opened the scoring with less than a minute remaining in the first period off a turnover at the Georgetown blueline. Lanky forward Anthony Sorrentino ripped a shot that eluded Nicholas Latinovich, slipping between his pads. Georgetown tied the game late in the second period when Jordan Crocker wristed a low shot past Janzen.
At the 4:31 mark of the third period, North Bay's Michael Silvery stood parked on the right hand side of Georgetown goaltender Latinovich. He made no mistake, firing the puck into the net for the winning goal.
Trenton Mayor Jim Harrison and John McDonald, Director of business operations
The Royal Bank Cup opens on Saturday in Cobourg, with the final taking place may 21st. Perhaps I will see you there!
May 8, 2017.